U.S. Energy News

Next major solar rate fight will be in Colorado

UTILITIES: Advocates say a Colorado utility’s proposed rate changes would discourage solar power and energy efficiency. (Denver Post)

SOLAR:
• Sen. Harry Reid calls a recent net metering decision “a black mark on Nevada’s reputation.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Protesters demonstrate against an Arizona utility’s proposed demand charge; the proposal would also cut net metering rates. (Arizona Republic, Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES:
• The International Energy Agency says it’s too soon to remove incentives for renewable energy even as costs fall. (Greentech Media)
• A Vermont Republican says he’ll resist any effort to modify a renewable energy siting bill as lawmakers work to override the governor’s veto. (VT Digger)

WIND: A Duke Energy biologist works to reconcile bats and wind turbine operations. (The Wall Street Journal)

OIL BY RAIL:
• The Bakken crude oil on a train that derailed in Oregon last week met North Dakota’s oil conditioning standards that require the removal of the most volatile gases. (Forum News Service)
• Oregon’s U.S. Senators push for oil-by-rail safety reforms. (The Hill)

NATURAL GAS:
• The Energy Information Administration projects U.S. shale gas production will continue to grow through 2040. (UPI)
• A federal agency considers measures to strengthen regulatory oversight of liquefied natural gas storage facilities. (EnergyWire)
Natural gas plants remain the cheapest generation facilities to build, according to U.S. EIA data. (Utility Dive)
Operators of a 1500 MW Pennsylvania power plant are modifying it to run on natural gas as well as coal. (Platts)

OKLAHOMA: State regulators raise concerns about higher rates for earthquake insurance. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR:
• The TVA reactor that started generating power for the first time last Friday shuts down over turbine system issues with no scheduled restart. (Platts)
• Massachusetts lawmakers seek closure of a nuclear plant over concerns about degrading concrete. (Utility Dive/SNL Energy)
• Exelon seeks to extend the operating license for a Pennsylvania plant by another 20 years. (Bloomberg)

POLLUTION: A study finds a carbon standard for power plants could net billions of dollars in health care savings each year. (Phys.org)

CLIMATE:
• A poll finds climate change is the most divisive major policy issue among voters. (The Hill)
• A major international climate summit will be held in Boston next year. (Boston Globe)

MARKETS: A report finds Texans shopping for power on the open market are getting better deals, but still paying more than customers in regulated areas. (Texas Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: The departure of Nest’s CEO raises questions about the future of the efficiency technology industry. (EnergyWire)

COMMENTARY: How “liquid sunlight” could replace fossil fuels sooner than we think. (Vox)

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